Hugh Blackwell

  • Birth 15 Sep 1827 Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
  • Death 29 Dec 1883 Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 67640847

St. Mary's Cemetery, Dorchester, Massachusetts
Buried here are: Bridget Blackwell, Hugh Blackwell, Hanora Ford, Margaret E. Blackwell, Margaret Blackwell (daughter of Richard T.)

Baptized in Fedamore on September 7, 1821. His godparents were Michael Blackwell and Margaret Enright [as per Source letter].

He was the Superintendant of Street Lighting (gas lamps) for the City of Somerville, MA. He was Naturalized at Boston February 29, 1856; see USDC Boston Cert. # 19 - 15; states he was born in Ireland on 15 Sep 1827.



Death of a Long Time Public Servant.

Mr. Hugh Blackwell, for many years a public servant of Somerville, died on Saturday morning, just as the clock had struck the hour of twelve. He was born in Ireland, was about 63 years of age, and had lived in this city 35 years. For 17 years he was in the employ of the Fitchburg Railroad, being gate keeper at the Park Street crossing, and left that corporation after faithful service, to accept the position of lamplighter for Somerville, which post he held continuously for 22 years. At one time, with his son, he carried on the whole work. The fact of his long term of service was evidence of his ability and fidelity. Mr. Blackwell was sick only a few days, his disease being pneumonia. He leaves a widow, two sons, Councilman Blackwell being one, and a daughter, fifteen years of age. His funeral took place on Monday morning at St. Joseph's Church, Rev. C. McGrath officiating. The pall bearers were members of the Independent Order of Foresters, of which the deceased was an honored member, and were Messrs. Grady, Jackson, O'Shea and Halleran of Cambridge, and Thomas and William McGrath of this City. The remains were buried at Dorchester.

Buried: St. Mary's Cemetery, Roxbury, MA, Grave # 516-B, Range 10, Section M-2.

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  • Created by: Robert P. Murray, Esquire
  • Added: 29 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67640847
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hugh Blackwell (15 Sep 1827–29 Dec 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67640847, citing Saint Marys Cemetery, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Robert P. Murray, Esquire (contributor 47468191) .